By Megan Nevett
Yes, I agree that everyone comes to the USA for the International
experience…. And of course to make money (especially now with the Dollar / Rand
Rate of exchange), which now works out to be exceptionally good money!!!
But besides the work experience and making money part of it, the most
important thing you will learn is Real Life Experience.
I knew that when I left South Africa, I was leaving my family and the
comforts of home, and for me that was the most daunting aspect of travelling
overseas. I was scared that I would miss home too much and that I was not
strong enough, emotionally or mentally to cope with working and living with
strangers in a foreign country, many, many miles away from home.
But I also knew that this experience would teach me to become a much
stronger and independent woman. To what extent would I become stronger and more
independent, I wasn't sure, but bit the bullet anyway and signed up.
I can now tell you that after being away from home for a mere 2 months I
feel that I can safely say that I have learned to stand on my own two feet,
even though it has been hard and there have been many occasions that I have
missed home, friends and family so much that I even contemplated coming home.
In Florida, I have learned to survive and thrive, simply by having a good
attitude, not taking things too seriously (I mean people… not work), to laugh
at myself and most importantly being true to myself.
No matter what happens, no matter what situation you are faced with and it
doesn't matter how hard it is- You will be just fine as long as you stick to
you core beliefs and are true to yourself!
that is my life lesson that I have learnt from being away from home in a
foreign country. I will carry this lesson with me in the future, and
hopefully grow from strength to strength!!!